Rotary Youth Exchange Program

“An exchange is when a stranger becomes family, foreigners become friends, a second language becomes like your first and a year suddenly becomes a day.”

Contact PDG Ian Shuey  – Rotary Youth Exchange Chairman, Ph 0409 979 947, Email: ,

Download a brochure

The Youth Exchange Program is an International exchange for young people between the ages of 15 and 18. The exchange is for a 12 month period during which time the student is hosted by three or four families, experiencing different lifestyles. Up to 15 students are exchanged each year.



Rotary Exchange students on their Tassie tour

It is a reciprocal educational exchange, therefore students must attend school.

Spending time abroad as a Rotary Exchange Student is a great opportunity for students to experience a new culture, a new language, to be an ambassador for Rotary and Tasmania and to build lifelong friendships.

Inbound students arrive in July/August ; outbound students depart in January. 



Here is a video  made at a week-end in Mont-St Michel with almost all the inbound students in France.  There were around 300 Rotary Exchange students together for a weekend in October 2015.

The Youth Exchange Program committee conducts three orientation days and camps to assist inbound students to become acclimatised and to prepare outbound students for their twelve months abroad.

TassieYEP2015A Scholarship is available to assist students who are unable to participate due to financial difficulties.

A Question and Answer video for parents–



Rotex Rebound – an  organisation for Rotary Exchange students returning to Tasmania has been reformed.

The group exists to support Tasmanian Exchange students and families once the student returns home after a year of immense change. Rotex members also provide valuable advice at camps to students preparing to go overseas.


Four founding members of Rotex Rebound – Ashley Cashburn, Rose Findlater, Gen Van Den Bosch and Ashleigh MacCullough


Contact the Youth Exchange Program committee

Chair: PDG Ian Shuey (Hobart)   0409 979 947Rotary Youth Exchange logo

Inbound Coordinator:    Heather Berechree                  0400 081 782

Outbound Coordinator: Liz Bulman (Youngtown)       0417 520 798

Administration:                Kim Pitt (Kingston)                   0418124 508

Counsellor:                      Merilyn Briggs (South Launceston)  0438 522 352

Tassie Tour Coordinator: Mike Woods (Salamanca)   0408 508 299

Trainer:                             David Berechree (Hobart)      0400 071 782

Assistant Trainer:           Belinda Jefferies (Hobart)      0419 319 696




Information for Clubs involved with Rotary Youth Exchange

Essential information to assist Rotary Clubs to understand what is involved in hosting an inbound exchange student and to allow the Club to implement the Rotary International Youth Exchange Certification processes. Much of the information in the Manual is relevant to Clubs sponsoring an outbound student.

Guide for Inbound Youth Exchange Rotary Clubs (Updated June 2017)

Guide for Inbound Youth Exchange Club Counsellors (Updated June 2017)

Guide for Inbound Youth Exchange Host Families (Updated June 2017)

Guide for Inbound Youth Exchange Students (Updated June 2017)

Guide for Outbound Youth Exchange Club Counsellors ((Updated June 2017)

Guide for Outbound Youth Exchange Students (Updated June 2017

Insurance requirements for inbound students


 Useful References

RI Guide for Exchange Students (pdf)

OSHC Visa Requirements  July 2015

Questions for the first night with your host family

Resolution of Problems

Rotary Youth Volunteer Information and declaration Form

Sharing Information about Youth

YEP Long Term Information Form

Australian Representation Abroad


Accelerated learning of Mandarin through a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship to Taiwan
Find out more 

Documents for Tasmanian Clubs sponsoring Youth Exchange Students

Previous Youth Exchange Students in Tasmania

Rotary Youth Exchange Australia web site

Rotex Tasmania on Facebook


RT 8 Oct 2017